New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks – Game 1 of 2 – November 20, 2013
Devils (7-8-5) TV – MSG+
Devils Radio – WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM
Ducks (15-6-2) TV – FSWHD
The Ducks and Devils will face off tonight at the Honda Center starting at 10 PM EST tonight. It will be the first game of three on the Devils’ California Dreamin’ Roadtrip.
The Devils are coming off of a very satisfying win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. They beat the Penguins 4-1 and Martin Brodeur earned the opportunity to play tonight’s game.
The Devils are 4-1-1 in their last six and have been playing significantly better than they were about a month ago. Their defense has stepped up greatly and the scoring, at least when Brodeur is in net, is finally showing up game in and game out.
Jaromir Jagr and Brodeur continue to be the stars on this team. Jagr leads the team with 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) and Brodeur has a 0.75 GAA and 2 shutouts in his 4-game winning streak.
Stephen Gionta had a minor mishap yesterday in practice where he tweaked his ankle but he is healthy to play tonight.
Rostislav Olesz is no longer a New Jersey Devil. He was placed on unconditional waivers and will be relieved of his contract to play in Switzerland. The feelings were reportedly mutual. According to Tom Gulitti, Olesz had an offer and the Devils didn’t stand in the way. Oh how familiar that sounds. Olesz’s cap hit will disappear once he leaves.
The Devils are back in a tie for 5th and back to only one point behind the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes who both have 20 points compared to the Devils’ 19. The Devils are tied with the New York Islanders.
The Ducks are 7-6-2 on the road this season. Unfortunately for the Devils, this game is being played at the Honda Center not at the Prudential Center. The Ducks have not lost in overtime and have not lost in regulation at home this season. 8-0-0 vs. the Devils road record of 3-6-3 is very staggering.
The Ducks lead the Pacific Division with 32 points and are only 1 point ahead of 3 teams. The San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Phoenix Coyotes all have 31 points.
The Ducks are doing slightly worse than the Devils in their last 10 games. The Ducks are 5-3-2 while the Devils are 6-3-1.